One recent survey says that people worry the most about:
1. Getting Old
2. Their savings and their financial future
3. Their low energy level
4. Their diet
5. Their credit card debt.
The survey also says that fewer than 10 % worry that they will go to hell. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe in heaven and eventually expect to end up there, studies show most people today do not believe in hell.
I am reminded of a young woman who discovers that she was adopted. Almost immediately, she begins looking for her biological mother and father. She is stunned to discover that as a baby she had been taken from her parents when they were sent to prison for the murder of a ten-year-old girl. Although the father subsequently died in prison, the mother was soon to be released on parole. After getting acquainted with her mother, the young woman arranges for her mother to move into an apartment with her.
Interestingly enough, the mother wants to attend church on Sunday with her. This was something the daughter did not do. Out of a sense of duty she accompanies her mother to church. In his sermon the priest makes mention of hell.
Later, as the mother and daughter talk, the daughter says with exasperation, “But you can’t in all honesty believe in hell.”
The mother responds with all seriousness, “You can once you’ve been there.”
The mother spoke from experience. There are people who know what it is to live in hell, for they have been there. God Flash
Jesus said: “So the rich man called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony here in this fire” (Luke 16:24).